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Monday, January 31, 2005

w00t! this week is going to be a good one, equal if not greater to the last. Last week there were those awesome plays, productive band practices and that uber fun business simulation. I didn't think the simulation would be, but it ended up being like having a nice sized lan party playing something like Civ 3 without the graphics and with business instead of war. Anyways, this week we've got another couple of band practice that promise to be quite good, a trip to the schvitz after one and to a Mexican restaurant with a party of 10 after the other. Thats what I really anticipate the most. I finished reading Angels and Demons by Dan Brown and it is really quite good. I found it a bit predictable and mildly drawn out near the end, but I'd recomend it to anyone if the asked me for some recomendations, though even so it wouldn't be at the top of the list.

I've got a meeting with my favorite professor this afternoon and a small test this morning. Wish me luck.

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Monday, January 24, 2005

E: What are you up to tonight?
Me: I'm going to band practice in about an hour.
E: Oh? A band? What instrument do you play?
Me: Guitar, Bass and occasionally I sing.
E: You play guitar? Then you must know Steve! He plays guitar and is in the Music program.
Me: This may come as a bit of a shock to you, but not all guitarists share a telepathic link with each other. As such, I don't know him, nor do I know of him.
E: *doesn't get it and continues talking about something else for about 30 seconds when she said:* Hey! I know that not all guitarists share a telepathic link! My brother plays guitar and you don't know him!
Me: Probably not. *I didn't bother to inquire whether that was in fact true*

I love the schvitz, but I think I may have over done it this time. I was light headed (even more than usual) for about 20 minutes after I got out, at times needing the support of the wall to stay upright. And my skin was tingly after too. Will I stop going? Never!

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Sunday, January 23, 2005

I played hockey today with the boysin lieu of doing any actual work. It was very much fun and I have the bruises to prove it. Apologies to those I injured. Chris, I hope your kidneys are feeling better and working at better than 43% capacity after that body check. In my defence, you did have the puck. It was the first time I have skated all year so my feet nearly fell off after the first half, after which I switched to the infinitely more comfortable and equally less frictitious shoes. It was uber fun.

I also finished Stardust by Neil Gaiman. I quite enjoyed it. It has been compared to The Princess Bride (I, admitedly, only saw the movie), which I also enjoyed (the movie that is). If I can find any of his other books such as Neverwhere or American Gods, I will gladly read them.

One last thing. Happy Birthday Ilana's Mom!

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Friday, January 21, 2005

Last night I watched a Bruce Lee movie. I'd never seen a Bruce Lee movie before. I love Bruce Lee. I think I'm just going to keep saying Bruce Lee. Bruce Lee Bruce Lee Bruce Lee! I'm done.

It is uber cold outside. This time I mean it. It is mustache-frozen-after-20-feet
with-big-chunks-of-ice-in-it weather. Legs-numb-halfway-to-town weather. Didn't-even-notice-the-creepy-graveyard-full-of-now-frozen-zombies weather. In short, it is really, really cold out side. Last night while walking home, which I realize I didn't have to do, I had to make a stop at Esso to thaw out for a bit. It didn't even take me that long, the walk, I mean; only about 45 minutes including thaw break. I didn't even freeze my lungs as some were worried would happen because of my habit of running whenever the slope is downward. I like that habit. It is a good one.

I have many worse habits, like making fun of vegitarians and the French. Sorry, to all those offended. Especially Mekashef as he is both. Speaking of Mekashef, he lend me a really cool book called Stardust by Neil Gaiman which I'm really enjoying. Hmm, that sounds like a good idea right now.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2005

I submitted 2 things to the Miter (?), a Bishop's publication that I've never read, but apparently has some good writtings and pictures in it. My submissions are a little silly and I'll know they are really desperate for material if they both get in. Updates on this story and others will be posted as they become available. This is Sam, live at my computer, on wednesday saying, wish me good luck because it will be a long day.

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Monday, January 17, 2005

1) My school had a fundraiser for the tsunami relief fund by watching a surfing movie and going to the bar. Anyone else find this a little odd?

2) I watched Harold and Kumar go to Whitecastle twice today and I found it funny both times.

3) The Bulgarian national anthem (or at least the version I know) is hilarious and awesome to sing.

4) I have been having trouble remembering conversations lately. Now think I may be mixing up the dream world with the real one (since I have started remembering at least some of my dreams). The most recent incident (it isn't really an incident) involves me not recalling whether it was conversation or dream when several very good and persuasive arguments were made to the effect that the French (as in those from France) should be made fun of forever. I don't recall the reasons either, except for the fact that they were very good ones. I think this shows all the signs of being a dream personally.

5) Band practice was very productive today. We wrote 2 new songs. I play bass for both of them! Hurrah! I love playing bass. I like it more than guitar. Uh oh, secret's out.

Let the debating begin.

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Thursday, January 13, 2005

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My first photoshop creation. I can now draw at least one thing that isn't a stick man, but not with my own hands and not in under an hour.

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This semester as I can see it now is going to be a good one. I have no teacher that I don't like so far as I can presently tell. They all seem quite interesting and competent, which is quite a bit more than I can say for some of my teachers of last semester. The courses I'm taking seem to have good material and will more than likely teach me a lot of useful things.

I know some of you readers dislike business in all its forms, or at least claim to. I think that you fail to realize that organizations such as Red Cross are also businesses. Many busineses do great things for society in general. I won't get all preachy, but business isn't all bad, or even mostly bad as a lot of you would tend to think. Of course there are a lot of examples of bad businesses, but there are many times as many of good ones that we don't hear about. I being an optomist of a rather high order prefer to concentrate on the good ones.

In regards to the bot that is posting advertising in my and others' comments, stop it! You are giving yourself a bad name and I hate you and the website/company you represent! Refer to Mekashef's blog for a possibly better and certainly longer post about this.

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Monday, January 10, 2005

The funniest thing happened after practice today. Mekashef and I were standing outside, just minding out own business, talking about pagodas etc. when Miguel opens the back door to Bandeen, stands next to the railing and looks off into middle distance away from us towards what appeared to be some buildings. After about thirty seconds of this, without so much as a movement, Mekashef spoke up.

"Are you looking for someone or something?"

"...My car ... I can't remember where I parked it..." his voice trails off.

After a pause, "Well, I hope you find it."

Almost imediately this was said after Miguel abrubtly turns around and disappears inside. I burst out laughing at the absurdity of this guy and his peculiar actions. Mekashef says something about all that music going to his head. I had barely stopped giggling like a pre-pubescent monkey when he bursts (for that is really the only word for it) the doors and exclaims on the way down the stairs that he has remembered. He seems genuinely proud of himself. What an odd character. Great guitarist though.

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Thursday, January 06, 2005

Take my Quiz on QuizYourFriends.com!

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The band's website is being redesigned and if you thought it was complicated before, prepare yourself. My job will be to write a bunch of short stories about random things that will pop up when certain links are clicked. I realize that this is usually how you access things on a website, but you'll see what I mean when you see the new design.

Last night I participated in a movie night with the boys. We watched the Dave Chapelle Killing Them Softly DVD I got for christmas, which is one of the funniest things I have ever seen, and Resident Evil Apocalypse which was less so. In fact it wasn't funny at all, nor was it made to be. Lots of zombies etc. Then, and also before, probably during as well come to think about it, D & D was discussed. Inevitable when Ian and The Almighty Conga Man get together. The Almighty Conga Man is an encyclopaedia when it comes to D & D. He knows everything and exactly in which book it can be found and the very page it is on. It is insane. There was much talk of prestige classes and Geshtalt characters and many other things I know nothing about, but it was still rather interesting to listen to.

Tomorrow, that is Friday for the disoriented, there will be a potluck Barbeque at Ryan's new appartment. I invite most of you to come, email me and I'll let you know if you are among the lucky. He said I could invite anyone, so I am. I don't even know who reads this blog, so I may be surprised at the barbeque. Starts at 4. I'm bringing steaks. Yummy, yummy steaks.

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Monday, January 03, 2005

Has anyone heard what Jeb Bush got our Prime Minister, Paul Martin, for Christmas? A DVD player. Although, technically since the gift is valued at over $200, it is actually Canada's new DVD player. I guess thats nice of him anyways. What was going through his mind though? Did he think Martin didn't have one already or did he just think that his was better? I'm confused. It isn't as if Florida produces DVD players is it? It just strikes me as an odd gift. I wonder what Martin got Bush. A bar of soap and a toothbrush would have been funny, but I don't think so.

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Sunday, January 02, 2005

Hi everybody! Rather than tell endless stories about my fabulous holidays, I choose to let you come up with some good ones for yourself. Here's one tip for you though: Don't fight with cheap swords. Especially ones that aren't yours. That is a bad plan.

I'm back to filming basketball games; another in a few minutes actually. A tournament is going on and so far Bishop's is predictably throwing away games in the last minute. I hate basketball. I'm also going to start geekin' it up by playing D&D soon. Playing with a bunch of actors should be quite fun indeed.

I played bass in public for the first time today with the band at my parent's church. A friend called me up and asked me to. It sounded like fun so I went. I learned all the songs this morning at their 'practice' and had much fun playing. No one seemed to notice or mind the many mistakes I made.

Songs of the day: Lateralus by Tool and Boys Better by The Dandy Warhols

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